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January in Amsterdam

 January facts 
  • Many streets and canals are illuminated with lights.
  • Tourist crowds are at their lowest, an ideal situation for seeing the city's most popular museums and attractions.
  • Flights and hotel rooms are at their cheapest.
  • Some museums and attractions may be closed on New Year's Day (January 1).
  • January is one of the coldest months in Amsterdam. Wear warm clothing: A cold Amsterdam wind and temperatures hovering around freezing can feel bone-chilling. Layers of warm clothing are recommended.
  • Ice-skating rinks at Leidseplein, Museumplein (in front of the Rijksmuseum), and Buikslotermeerplein.
  • Best time for shopping as January is a huge sale month when stores offer the biggest discounts.

 January Festivals & Events 

January 1
New Year's Day
As in many countries this day is a national holiday. Some museums and attractions may be closed.
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

January or February
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Amsterdam's celebration of Chinese New Year includes dancing, fireworks and Chinese exhibitions. On January 1 or 2, the Chinese community in Amsterdam offers a preview with celebrations and traditional performances. Festivities are centered around Nieuwmarkt, the heart of Amsterdam's Chinatown.

January 20, 2018
National Tulip Day

Official start of tulip season. Anyone can come to pick free tulips from a special built garden on Dam Square.

National Tulip Day at Dam Square

January 20-21, 2018 | 44th edition


Run or walking tour over the main roads through the Vondelpark, organised by Radio TV Noord-Holland. Run distance: 3.5 km (1 round), 6.7 km (2 rounds) or 10 km (3 rounds).

November 30, 2017-January 21, 2018 | 6th edition
Amsterdam Light Festival
Walk or sail alongside to light sculptures created by leading artists, beautifully illuminated buildings, bridges and boats and surprising light projections on buildings.

Amsterdam Light Festival

January 26-29, 2017 | 58th edition
Jumping Amsterdam
More than 50,000 equestrians and horse enthusiasts attend this international competition in dressage, jumping and driving at Amsterdam's RAI event center. In between contests, visitors are treated to performances by various musicians and artists.

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Ajax Amsterdam Football Club

Spend a Sunday amongst frenzied fans of the famous Ajax Amsterdam football team. Ajax plays in the impressive, modern ArenA south of the city.
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Temperature (in Jan)
Average high:   5°C   41°F
Average low:    1°C   34°F

Sunrise-Sunset (in Jan)
Jan 1:    8:51 am - 4:38 pm
Jan 31:  8:24 am - 5:26 pm

Get your skates on

Ice-skating rinks in Amsterdam

Best NYE Party in Town


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